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News@MCC for Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Make Your Voice Heard Through Student Advisory Council

As a Student Advisory Council member, you'll join student leaders from across the College to share your perspectives with MCC administration. Register as a candidate by Friday, Oct. 15. Elections are in November. Visit the Council website for more information: www.mccneb.edu/studentexofficio.

Pass to Class Instructions

Inserting bus ticketsMCC offers free bus passes to MCC credit students via the Pass to Class program. Remember these easy instructions when using your bus vouchers to make sure they are returned to you.

  1. Insert your Metro magnetic strip tickets into the magnetic fare card slot. The ticket will be returned to you after it is validated. Let the bus driver know if a transfer is needed.
  2. Do not insert your ticket into the bill insertion slot or the coin token insertion cup because the ticket will not be returned.
  3. If you need assistance, ask the bus driver or visit Metro's website, ometro.com.

To pick up your Pass to Class bus voucher, visit any MCC Student Services location.

Fight the Flu at Flu Shot Clinic

The Visiting Nurse Association will conduct a flu shot clinic at the Fort Omaha, South Omaha and Elkhorn Valley campuses this week. The clinic is open to faculty, staff, students and families, ages 6 months and older.

Vaccines available include the seasonal and H1N1 varieties.

  • South Omaha Campus, Connector Lower Commons: Oct. 6, 9 a.m.-noon
  • Elkhorn Valley Campus, Commons: Oct. 7, 9 a.m.-noon

The immunizations are covered 100 percent for BCBS members. Bring your member card with you to the clinic. For non-members and other healthcare plans, the cost is $25 per shot, payable by cash or check. The flu mist will be available for $30. Claim forms for traditional Medicare and Blue Cross Blue Shield will be available at the flu shot clinics.

For questions, contact Wade Standifer at 457-2875 or wfstandifer@mccneb.edu.

Scholarship Applications Now Available

The MCC Foundation scholarships for Winter quarter are now available. You can manage your scholarships through MCC's online scholarship application system. Manage your own information, apply for multiple scholarships and check your award status from any computer.

Dates to remember:

  • Student applications are due Oct. 18, 2010.
  • Students will be notified by the end of December 2010.

To view resources for the Stars Online scholarship application process and to fill out scholarship applications, visit the website and download a copy of the Stars Online 2010 FAQ.

For scholarship questions, contact Lisa Stepanek, Scholarship and Administrative Specialist, at lstepanek@mccneb.edu or 457-2772.

Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Information

MCC Public Safety encourages all staff and students to review the information regarding rape prevention and awareness at www.mccneb.edu/sharp.pdf. This information also contains tips for rape prevention, statistics and existing organizations outside of MCC for rape counseling options.

Help Save the Day by Donating Blood

Every day, blood is needed for people with blood disorders, cancer patients, transplant recipients, trauma victims and many others. The American Red Cross will be at MCC locations the week Oct. 12-19 for blood donations.

Upcoming blood drive schedule:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 12, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., South Omaha Campus, ITC Room 120 (Sponsor Code: 69)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 13, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sarpy Center, Room 50 (Sponsor Code: 2262)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 19, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 10 (Sponsor Code: 68)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 19, 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Elkhorn Valley Campus, Student Commons (Sponsor Code: 594)

To view available times and to schedule your donation appointment, click here or visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code listed above, or call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) to schedule your blood donation appointment.

Not sure if you are eligible to donate? Visit www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood/eligibility-requirements or call the above 800 number.

MCC Swears in 7 Police Officers

MCC's Public Safety division swore in seven police officers Oct. 1 at the Fort Omaha Campus.

The officers, who have all served MCC for at least a year, are among the first sworn police officers who will serve the College's campuses and centers in four counties. The Public Safety division is dedicated to providing a safe environment that enhances students' learning experiences at MCC.

MCC Chief of Police David Friend said the officers' transition from public safety officers to police officers will enable Public Safety to better serve the nearly 50,000 students who attend MCC annually.

MCC's Public Safety division is comprised of 21 public safety officers including nine police officers. The department is responsible for providing security for students at MCC's seven locations, responding to medical and fire emergencies, responding to traffic accidents and enforcing campus rules and regulations, among other services.

You can reach Public Safety 24/7 at 457-2222.

Math Skills Earn Prizes at AMATYC Math Exam

The American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) math exam is coming up on Friday, Oct. 15, 2-3 p.m. at the Elkhorn Valley, Fort Omaha and South Omaha campuses. Any MCC student can take this challenging, multiple choice math exam and earn the chance to win state-wide or national prizes or scholarships.

The exam is free to take. Prizes for the top scorers are courtesy of Follett Bookstores.

Sign up to take the exam at any Testing Center - some walk-in students may be accommodated as well. The math on the exam is below the level of calculus. In fact, past winners have been enrolled in intermediate algebra. The exam problems are difficult; it is extremely rare for any student in who takes the test nationwide to answer all 20 multiple choice questions in the one-hour time limit. For detailed rules, visit www.amatyc.org/SML/index.htm.

To practice for the exam, try going over old exams available at the Math Centers.

Get involved at MCC. Become a Student Ambassador.

MCC is looking for student leaders to serve as Student Ambassadors. Student Abassadors:

  • Give campus tours
  • Participate in student panels
  • Speak at events and outreach activities
  • Act as a greeter at events


  • At least a part-time MCC student
  • Have completed 24 credits hours at MCC
  • In good standing with MCC academically, financially and from a disciplinary standpoint
  • Must have own transportation

Complete an application here.

Students Qualify for Summer Quarter Dean's List

Representing the Summer 2010 quarter, 2,199 students qualified for Metropolitan Community College's dean's list.

Preschoolers to Learn Healthy Living Tips at Fair

MCC's Second Annual Preschool Health and Safety Fair will help preschool-aged children learn about healthy lifestyles and safe living practices. The free fair is Oct. 8, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the South Omaha Campus. Learn more at the Service-Learning website.

Through Art, Exploring Women in Haiti

Haitian Art ExhibitMCC's Institute for Cultural Connections (ICC) presents Mothers, Merchants and Mambos at the Gallery of Art and Design at the Elkhorn Valley Campus. The show features Haitian art reflecting the way women are valued in Haitian society and also how women have inspired a variety of Haitian artists.

Mothers, Merchants and Mambos runs Oct. 19-Nov. 9, with gallery hours Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. An opening reception will be Thursday, Oct. 28, 6-8 p.m. at the Elkhorn Campus; Bill Bollendorf, director of Galerie Macondo in Pittsburgh, Penn., will speak from 4-6 p.m. Bollendorf will show his photographs of Haitian women in their crucial roles of caregivers, engines of the economy, priestesses and more, as Haiti emerges from a series of devastating natural disasters.

The ICC has created a resource website for faculty to use as they prepare their students for visiting the exhibit. Articles and video clips are available here. A panel discussion, Women in Haiti: Before and After the Quake - History, Culture, Creativity and Health, will be Friday, Oct. 29, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the South Omaha Campus.

For more information on the exhibit or the ICC resources or to visit the cultural calendar, visit the ICC website.

All events are free and open to the public.

Free Financial Advice Available at Financial Planning Day

MCC students are invited to receive free financial planning advice and guidance from professional financial planners at the upcoming Financial Planning Day on Oct. 23 at two MCC locations.

Certified experts from the Financial Planning Association will be working with individuals one-on-one at the Elkhorn Valley Campus from 9 a.m.-noon and the South Omaha Campus ITC from 1-4 p.m. English-to-Spanish translation and interpretation services will be available at the South Omaha Campus.

The advice will be offered on a no strings attached basis, and planners will not give out business cards or sell financial products or services.

The event will feature a series of classroom-style educational workshops addressing key personal finance topics including: financial starter kit, young adults and money, life planning, surviving job loss, spending plan 101 and investing basics. Additionally, financial planners will be able to meet one-on-one with attendees to answer questions on budgeting, getting out of debt, income taxes, dealing with mortgage foreclosures, paying for college, estate planning and insurance, among many other topics.

Financial Planning Day is free and open to the public. Free online registration for the Metro Omaha Financial Planning Day is available at www.financialplanningdays.org/omaha. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Memorial Park Event to Bring Climate Change Awareness

The organization 350.org is sponsoring an international day of climate action on Oct. 10. Join the event at Memorial Park on Oct. 15, 3-5:30 p.m. to show your support for renewable energy. Learn more about the event here.

Weekly Green Tip

Pampering Fido the green way: The next time your canine or feline friend needs a new bed, look for one that is filled with recycled fiber. If just one in every 20 dog owners purchased a bed made from recycled materials, the fiber savings would total nearly 3,200 tons and fill 400 garbage trucks. - The Green Book

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